October 2016 Bar Bulletin
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Board Briefed on Public Defense Issues

 

*The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees meeting held on August 17, convened by KCBA President Kathryn Battuello.* Special guest Lorinda Youngcourt, head of King County’s Department of Public Defense, briefed the trustees on the Department’s current operations, history related to the Department’s recent changes, current initiatives, and what is on the horizon for the Department, including proposed budget cuts and potential cutbacks to electronic home monitoring.

Battuello briefed the Board on meetings she and Executive Director Andrew Prazuch had with Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen and Nicholas Brown, general counsel to Gov. Jay Inslee. She reported that the Executive Committee discussed the Board of Trustees’ recent self-assessment survey results and recommended a pilot meeting schedule of alternating board meeting times between noon and 4 p.m. to allow more time for board interaction outside of structured meeting times.

Prazuch reported that there are 20 candidates for open judicial positions and all will have received ratings before the general election. He announced that KCBA would hold four judicial forums in September so the public could learn more about the candidates. He directed the trustees’ attention to membership renewal statistics noting renewals are on track with prior years.

Treasurer Kinnon Williams reported at the end of 11 months of the fiscal year (May 31), KCBA had received $3.3 million in revenue, with $3 million in expenses, for a net income of $246,000. In addition, the Association has $1.3 million in cash and cash equivalents, and has $959,000 in reserves. Williams explained that at this time of year revenue and expenses should be at 92% of the approved budget and noted we are currently performing ahead on revenues at 99% and expenses are showing 90%.

By voice vote, the Board reappointed James Williams as KCBA’s delegate to the American Bar Association. He then reported on discussions held by the House of Delegates at the ABA Annual Meeting in August and shared a written report.

YLD Chair Stephanie Lakinski reported the YLD Board began its year with a retreat in mid-July, hosted a CLE and reception sponsored by WAMS, and plans to focus on interest-based activities this year. In addition, she briefed the trustees on upcoming events, including cooking breakfast at Mary’s Place, a hike in the Snoqualmie area, and a Walk-in Clinic training event.

Finally, Battuello presented a discussion draft summarizing the Board’s July planning retreat, which focused on strategic planning, communications and future trends in membership. The Board discussed the creation of special working groups to assist KCBA in making progress in these areas over the next year.

 

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